"Reality tells us there are no guarantees. Except that some day Jon Lester will be on that list of 100-game winners." - Peter Gammons
Martin wearing out welcome in L.A.?
The Dodgers were disappointed by the regression of catcher Russell Martin, who in the words of one Dodgers-connected person was "just another catcher'' this year. Only a year ago Martin was an excellent two-way player who won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger and appeared on the verge of superstardom. The New York Post reported that the Dodgers might even consider trading him.
Martin, Matt Kemp and to a lesser degree Andre Ethier still need to do some growing up, people familiar with the Dodgers say -- though the overall performance of the talented trio improved once Ramirez joined the team. James Loney, the fourth young Dodger stud, is said by team officials not to have been infested by the same maturity malady that has affected the others.
The Dodgers, frankly, have blinders on concerning age.
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
Malady, schmalady. If the Dodgers want to let Martin go I'll take him everyday and twice on Sundays.
(You people are old enough to remember Sunday double-headers, right!?!
OK, didn't think so with the bulk of this board. My bad.
Last edited by remdog; 10-25-2008 at 06:00 PM.
Seriously, if that article is true, we have to get on the horn with LA immediately and ask about Kemp and Martin. Arroyo and Phillips are grizzled vets. How about
Arroyo, Phillips, Gonzalez and some fodder for Martin, Kemp, Jones or Pierre (even out money a little) and Yu (think that is SS name) ?
2. Russell Martin. Some Dodger officials have spread the word that Martin will either be traded or moved to third base, with a Jason Varitek signing a possibility. Whether or not it actually happens will be interesting to see, but teams looking for catching, like the Red Sox, will do a headfirst dive to get in on Martin, who turns 26 in February.
I miss Adam Dunn.
The devil is in the details (i.e. like who they had to give up), but if the only significant thing the Reds did this off season was acquire Martin, it would be tough to characterize their winter as a failure.
This is where we have the edge over a Boston who isn't likely to trade Pedroia and wouldn't have a need/spot ava. to take on Andruw Jones. Perhaps the following deal would make some sense.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."